Vaz, Richard Francis
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is committed to assessing new forms of renewable energy. This project determined the feasibility of rooftop wind turbines in Boston. We interviewed and consulted major stakeholders, and considered siting factors, turbine technology, economic feasibility and social reactions. Currently, rooftop wind turbines are not economically viable in Boston due to long payback periods resulting from siting challenges and underdeveloped technology. We recommend research into urban siting methods as well as vertical axis wind turbines.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Electrical and Computer Engineering